Museum, Gallery and Heritage Studies MPhil; PhD

MPhil: minimum 12 months full time; minimum 24 months part time
PhD: minimum 36 months full time; minimum 72 months part time


Fees per academic year 2014-15

UK and EU: full time £4,320 part time £2,160
International: full time £11,380 part time fees

More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.

Research Areas

MPhil and PhD supervision is available in the following areas:

Theoretical and historical museology; ecomuseums; community museums; intangible heritage and digital media; the design, study and understanding of digital applications for the heritage sector; the history of museums and galleries; cultural/national identity and museums, galleries and heritage; cultural diversity and museums; contemporary issues in the organisation and management of heritage sites, museums and galleries; analysis of the contribution museums can make to inclusive communities; social history and its representation in museums; the dynamic interaction of art museums and galleries with the development of the visual arts; the role of art museums in relation to the development and practice of professional art history; education and public programming in art museums, galleries and ‘alternative’ settings; and critical and cultural theory in relation to museums, galleries and exhibitions.

We are happy to supervise MPhil and PhD students in any of the areas outlined above. You will normally be supervised by two of the following staff members: Mr G Corsane, Professor P Davis, Dr A Galani, Dr M Giesen, Dr R Mason, Dr A Mazel, Mr A Newman, Professor P Stone, Dr C Whitehead.

We welcome research applications across a wide range of topics. For example, research students have previously investigated: performance indicators in museums; the significance of museums and heritage to the promotion of cultural identity; community museology in Scotland; art and the visually impaired; intellectual and physical access to museums and gallery resources; restitution of cultural property in Korea; and constructions and uses of Welsh identity in American museums.

Current student research topics include: attitudes towards human remains; learning experiences of school pupils in transatlantic slave trade museum activities; the role of authenticity in the on-site interpretation of historic battlefields; heritage and sense of place in the North Pennines; the distribution of rock art in Southern Africa; the social roles and regulation of art museum education in China and Taiwan; community formation in Flickr The Commons; and the management and interpretation of archaeological sites in Turkey.

For more information about staff specialisms please see the Centre's website.

Watch our video of current students talking about their placements and hear two of our graduates explain how their degrees led to jobs in the Museum, Gallery and Heritage sector.

Research Degree Training and Skills Development

Our programmes include intensive subject-specific supervision, training in research methodologies and core skills, reading groups and an annual postgraduate conference.

In addition, our Humanities and Social Sciences Graduate School organises a comprehensive training programme for postgraduate students that covers research techniques, professional/key skills and provides support for personal development.

+Entrance Requirements

An upper-second-class Honours degree and preferably a merit master's degree, or an international equivalent.

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5 (with 6.0 in writing and speaking), TOEFL 90 (Internet-based with a minimum of: 23 in speaking; 21 in writing; 18 in reading; and 17 in listening), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 62 or equivalent.

Our INTO Newcastle University Centre can provide extra tuition to help you meet the University's English language requirements.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements.

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

International Students, consult your own government for funding. The University offers International Scholarships, and there are funding opportunities by external organisations available.

More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.

+How to Apply

Visit our postgraduate application site.

Research students may apply at any time but should be aware of any funding application deadlines.

To apply for a PhD or MPhil you need to submit an application via the University’s online application system. As part of this application you will be required to submit a research proposal. For more details about the application process and for answers to frequently asked questions about research degrees, please see the School of Arts and Cultures website.

There are two possible start dates for your research degree:

  • 6 January 2014
  • 22 September 2014

However, these dates are not mandatory and in some circumstances permission can be granted for alternative start dates.

Please note: As a formal condition of the offer to study at Newcastle University, students from outside the UK/EU are required to pay a deposit of £1,500 or submit an official letter of sponsorship for their chosen programme. The deposit payment is non refundable, but will be deducted from tuition fees upon registration.

+Further Information

For further information please contact:
Postgraduate Secretary
School of Arts and Cultures
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7419

Subject Overview

 This programme is within the subject area of Museum, Gallery and Heritage Studies